The aim of this session is for children to:
You will need
Listen and respond
Show the children a herb plant, e.g. basil, coriander or mint, and question them:
Explain that some plants can be eaten and some plants cannot be eaten. Explain that this is a herb plant and its leaves can be eaten. They need to be taken off the plant and washed, then they can be added to different meals to provide flavour. Tear off a few leaves and pass them around for the children to smell. Ask them to describe what it is like. Explain you will be growing some plants that can be eaten. Re-emphasise that not all plants can be eaten and we must not eat plants unless an adult tells us it is OK.
Have a go
Work with the children in groups of four. Explain that you are going to grow some chives and that chives are a type of herb. Follow the instructions on the How to grow chives sheet. Talk to the children at each stage about what you and they are doing. Help instil a caring attitude in the children by encouraging them to plant the seeds slowly and carefully. Talk about watering and demonstrate how to do it with care. Set up a care rota to show who will water the plants. You can use the Plant watering sheet to keep a record.
When you have grown your plant, prepare a dish which gives the children an opportunity to use the plant as an ingredient. You could add chives or cress to some of the recipes on the Food – a fact of life website, such asTerrific tuna tarts, Sensational seasonal salad, Bagel brushetta and Royal rice.
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